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3 Tropical Plants Watercolour Painting in Loose Style - 3rd class

teacher avatar Dawna Mae, Artist and Certified ESL Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Sketching

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Olives

    • 5. Eucalyptus

    • 6. Bird of paradise

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About This Class

This course was created to unleash your creativity and overcome your fear in loose watercolor. You will be amazed how fun it is to play and get loose with this medium. If you struggle to paint loosely, I will show you how to create it with lots of learning and fun! 


In this class, I will show you how to sketch and paint loosely the 3 tropical plants (olives, bird of paradise, and eucalyptus) with my knowledge in loose technique. You will learn the method by practicing it with me and the uniqueness using this technique. I will show you that simplicity and being free is the key of a wonderful painting. This class will let you discover and enjoy this technique through painting 3 tropical plants.




Watercolor Paint ( they are mentioned before painting)

A glass of water

Mop brush or No. 11 or 12 regular brushes

Watercolor Paper

Water Spray

Also consider using small pieces of papers for loose technique practice. Improvise if you don't have the materials at hand.


Deciding about your composition is crucial part to start with. For loose painting, you will also have to decide which part will be define and will be left for imagination. In this class, you will observe and follow how I do it and this will give you a better idea about it. 


This technique is challenging both for experienced painter and beginners. So, in this class, I will show you how to overcome this challenge and just play with the watercolors. Practice is the key to achieve it, and this course is a perfect class to get you started.


Yes, that's true. I didn't get better because I made a finish masterpiece. I believe, I became better with daily practice and dedication. I started watercolor painting a year ago and from then on, I'd sketch and practice painting everyday! Despite being so busy, I'd make a time just for sketching, I'd sketch everywhere! So if you really want to learn, do not let anything prevent you from achieving your goals. I know that's easier said than done, but I think taking a step slowly everyday and being constant is the key.

I can't wait to see your wonderful paintings! 


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Dawna Mae

Artist and Certified ESL Teacher



Bonjour! I'm Dawna, I'm self-taught watercolorist/illustrator and certified ESL teacher. A French-Filipino who has been travelling the world for the last 4 years and painting the most beautiful landscapes that leaves mark in my heart!




I take inspiration from all my travels (Asia and Europe) photos and keep them alive through my arts. I love painting landscapes and portraits. I think every country has in own beauty worthy to be painted. Having seen a lot during this travels including the pollution and all other environmental problems that the world is facing right now, it is my humble wish to show all these beauty through my paintings, and hopefully will make people realized how lucky we are and why we should all take our ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Mesmerized with loose watercolor paintings. Well, you can create it to this course. We'll let you learn and enjoy paintings, three and beautiful tropical plants in loose style. Welcomed and donor or friends, Filipino watercolors and teacher. I've created paintings for 58 collections and teach art in Spain and traveled the road and decided to celebrate and hopefully bring awareness through my painting. This class, I will guide you into saying the right materials. Also learned to sketch. And Bain three tropical plants in this staff. This class was created for all levels. The more experienced why will enjoy listening out there paintings? While the Qin, as we'll build up their confidence with watercolors, they will get useful tips and advice from yours truly. And they will learn different techniques such as wet on wet, wet and dry and lifting. I think everyone is born an artist. All you need is determination and the right teacher. I taught myself to paint and I can teach it too. So please join me and together let's learn and discover the watercolor together. 2. Sketching: Okay, well, welcome everyone to the first part of our painting. Now we will start with our sketches. As you can see, I've already started it. They didn't know I was I wasn't recording it, but that's fine. I'm just following all through their lives as light as possible, MID leads. So we tried to make it as clear as possible, but also at the same time, we will do our best to scratch our watercolor paper very much. And we try not to arrays too much. If we make any mistake. Our paper is a little bit sensitive, almost ready. So you just follow and follow and observe. K. So there you go. Our Ali's now will be our Birds of Paradise. So whether Paradise, as you already know, already know ESA, tropical flower, I've seen a lot in my native country in Asia. Really a wonderful flower to bait, but it's a little bit challenging to draw it. So there you go. I seek and see and released some sketchy really lightly. And I tried to add details as much as possible. Here I feel like I need to make a bigger leaf. To balance our composition. I also tried to define the shape so that it's easier for me to see it during the process. Okay, and there you go, our Bird of Paradise. So now we will be sketching out. You can get this. I would like to start on this side, on the left side and then go up. Again, see sketching really slightly in order not to damage the paper. They notice the position of my pencil slide thing a little bit. So now I will go out fraud and continue. So if you make any mistake, try led to erase it. Really hard. Case a eucalyptus is a really amazing planet. We have a lot in Spain. And the color and the shape of it leaves in the solution I've chosen to paint it for this class. I know that it's a bit challenging to draw eucalyptus. But if you feel like you need to do rough sketching before our lesson plan. So please go ahead. So you just observe and follow. And as you can see, I am trying to define some shapes and shading it, but I'm concentrating more in the middle. So for our composition, I plan to give the light effect on the left side and the darker value on the right side. So just keep in sketching and go ahead. If you have two bows and have a break in, do some practice. You can always go back to our class. Kay, so we are almost done sketching our eucalyptus. I'm just doing some highlights. Here. I'm adding some small leaves and branches. If you have some pictures and eucalyptus mu can try to have your own design, our style. So for adding details, you notice deposition, my brush, and for adding some shade. Please notice the position of airbrushed as well. So thank you so much and see you. 3. Materials: So these are the materials that we will be using for our painting. We are going to need the watercolor paintings. I'm going to mention them at the very beginning of our painting process. We are going to need watercolor called print paper, 21 times 18 centimeters and glass, water, paint brush number ten or 11. I'm using my brush number two, and we're going to need a tissue paper as well. Thank you so much and I'll see you in our painting class. 4. Olives: So next we will be painting our olives. We are going to need permanent green, patella, blue, port number bright violet and crimson whom? I'm using the map branch number two, and you should be using the normal branch, which is number ten or 11. Ok, so as you can see, we are going to do with on dry. And it started out with my cream soon who? I'm going to sprint watercolor paints in our olives. So you have to have our water and light pigment. So before starting this, you really have to plan which bar Q1 to keep it loose and which part the painting you want to keep it more detailed. So with this, I decided to keep it loose on the left side and a bit of detail on the right side. And the light and the right, and the lights on the left side and the light on the right side. So now I've added like pigments are permanent green. For our lives. I'm going to spread that everywhere in our lives and our branches as well. So he just observed that follow the position of my brush and the direction. So if you really want to have loose effect, you should have enough water on your paper as slow as it so you can always leave a watercolor flow and work on its own. So now I've added more pigment, darker pigment of our Clemson roof, and a little bit born unable to have that warm on tonal values. So I'm putting it on our, I'm painting and at the same time, and trying to lead the White Paper on our olives is like a circle that I'm living it, right? So that will be for our light effect on the left. And now this is going to be challenging to leave that white. But if you feel like you need to do more practice on another piece of paper, you can't always do that and always come back to our class. Bronte's makes everything better. So go ahead and do if you feel that you have to. Kay, so leaving the whites again and using our tip of the brush to do that, feed enough of pigment of our phone number and crimson. I'm also doing my best to follow the sketch. But if it goes a little bit out of our drawing, that's fine. I think as long as you retain the main shape of our olives, it sits, it's not a big problem. As you can see. Some colors also spreads. I'm just letting it flow to get that loose column. So now I spread permanent Queen everywhere on our lives with more pigment. So to have more pigment t, you have to have less work. And more of our watercolor paints. Here. I'm just dropping some water again and mixing it with our crimson. Crimson who can see all leaves are really well. So I'm just dropping more pigments and makes more pigment or bar, crimson rule to add more tonal values and contrast. Okay, so there you go. So I'm using the position. I'm mean I'm using the tip of my brush and notice the position of my precious where as you already know that our mappers is taking and loading more pigment and water. So I have to pay close attention not to put too much. Now, I'm trapped, bright violet to give more highlights and shadows. K, so I'm just letting them bright violet and the crimson who under porn makes an elevator on this one. I want to keep it loose so I will do just a little bit of lifting. But the other, all the other lonely Ali's, I'd like to retain the shape, especially on the right side. And just using the tip of my brush. Here, I'm doing some lifting because I feel that there's too much water. Lifting is when you dry your brush and use your tissue paper to get more water from your brush. Now, I'm using the tip of my brush and I'm going for darker tools. You seeing the foreign Amber? I'm just kidding. It's spread on painting the branches. To give more details. As you can see, I'm concentrating in the middle part of our painting, and I just let the watercolor mix and flow on its own. So here I really have enough pigments of born. Now I wash my branch and went back to our permanent green to get the loose effect and just do some spreading of our watercolor paints. So here you have to decide which bought u1 to keep it loose. So as I've said, I've decided to keep it loose on the left side. So PC, I'm just letting the watercolor flows on its own. I went back to port number to give more details on our olives. And I also, I did just a little bit of ivory in war, but that's very optional. I think born number is already dark enough. As you can see, I've changed my brush as well because I don't need too much water on this stage. I don't need that much water anymore. And so I decided to change it to number ten brush. So I'm adding more tonal values, the darker paints of our port number. So more pigment and darker pigment in here. We're almost finished. I really hope that you are enjoying this painting of Ali Ollie's. And go ahead. If you need more practice, you can always go back to Sam said in our, in our class. Just try to enjoy it, not to stress too much. This is lose watercolor painting, so you have more freedom to get out from your sketch. Let the watercolor play its part and habit lose. So I'm still adding more darker pigment on our permanent Green. I mean, are born amber. Blue, blue is very optional, but you can use it as well to color our olives, but it's not resist salary. Okay, so I went back to born Amber. And here I'm just adding the finite detail before I'm finished and just limit try k. So, thank you so much for watching and I'll see you in the next class. 5. Eucalyptus: Okay, so now we're going to start painting are eucalyptus. We are going to need permanent green, cadmium yellow porn Amber I born in war and pattern. And so as you can see, wet the paper or ready for our wet on wet painting. I'm going to use the color yellow to begin with. So I'm going to spread it all over, then the blips. Then I use permanent Green. And it's going to mix it up with a cadmium yellow. So I'm just leaving the water color paints blow on its own. So as you can see, I'm using a MAC brush. It's taking and loading water more than the normal brush. And it's it's my brush. Number two. And you shouldn't be using the normal brush, which is number ten or 11. So I'm using the tip of our brush and trying to concentrate in the middle of our lives. As you can see, we are only using light pigment. And I am trying to spread the color and not so evidently. Ok. So as you can see, the light of this painting is on the left, so the darker side is on the right. Is a. Now I'm using a little bit bored or mixed up with permanent green. I'm missing a mixing these two together so that I will have a darker value of watercolour paint. Ok, so I'm this spreading and using the tip of my brush to have the branches of our eucalyptus. So you really have to mix, do watercolors, beans. If you wanted to have more pigment such as this, you have the mixed and watercolour paint very well before hitting your watercolour paper. So here I'm using a mix of permanent green and a little bit of yellow, blue. And I'm concentrating in the middle of our leaves. So to give more details or highlight, I am adding more pigment and less water. But as you can see, the paper is really in this process. So again, notice the position of my brush. It's slanting, but still using the tip of it. So from here, you just follow. Observe. Also is very important to live those white part of your paper. They will serve as the light on your painting. So as we are doing the painting, sometimes you also have to lift the water colors. So lifting is when you try to dry your brush using your tissue paper and let some water. But here, it's also important that before you start your printing for formulas painting, you have to decide which part of your painting you would like to have it news k. So I decided the Allen to hybrid loose on the left side. So the colors that painting was spread outside your sketch and that's fine. I think as long as she retained the major shapes are the major sketch up your painting. I think it's fine. So now I'm using Born in darker tones or more pigment and a seek and see. My goal is to make borne, spread and mixed up with our permanent green in the middle. I want to keep it loose and as much as possible so I make sure that I had been up water. It dried up a little bit. Sometimes you have to go back and if you want to get the sign, painting results, you can always go back as long as your water color paper is wet. But the only thing on this one is that you might end up overdoing it. So don't try to faint everywhere. Okay, so I'm getting darker, so I am adding more are born Amber and I am painting the branches of our eucalyptus. And concentrating on those parts that I want to highlight. So I'm paying attention with my fingers because sometimes in painting it might touch the paints and it will be all over your paper. If you're doing lose water color, then it's fine. You can always cleaning up and tried to make your style and mixed it up with paper with your color paints and it's fine. But if you want a clean result of painting, then you will have to pay attention and with your fingers. Okay, so I1 more darker value of our paintings. So I am adding more permanent green mixed up with porn, Amber. And I also, I did anneal bits of ivory in R. So now it's medium dry, is not dried still widths, we can say it's still moist and I still want to go dark as so, I'm adding more and mixing more pigment or permanent grin. And went back our painting and painting it again. Not all parts of it, but just part of it that I want to have more darker values. Okay, so I've changed my brush as well. So I have now brushed number ten. Ok, because the map brush was loading too much water and in this part, I don't need that anymore. I just want light, moist brush. Okay, so in this part, I am adding the last details on my paintings. While it's still a little bit wet, I can do some lifting. You can do some knitting if you want to. And it's this, this time is crucial because you will have to decide which part you want to define and which part you want to have it. This loose effect. So I really want to go darker and define it more. So I'm adding foreign Amber and I were in law to give the last details on our painting. Watercolor and loose style is more challenging, but I think with more practice and determination and you'll do fine. And I think you are doing really well in this class. And I really hope you're enjoying it as much as I do. So now I'm adding the finer details on our painting, go darker and concentrating in the middle of our leaves. You seeing on a very light touch. So if you feel like you need to do practice, go ahead and grab a clean piece of paper and you can always go back to our class and do it all over again. I think practice makes perfect. So now in this part, I'm doing some last lifting. Case that the light is on the left, some kind of give this some highlight K. So I think we're almost finished. We're going to leave it. Try. You can clean your paper if you want to with clean water. And thank you so much for this and I hope you really enjoyed it. I'll see you in the next class. The functions. 6. Bird of paradise: So this is very exciting. Now we are going to start painting our Birds of Paradise. I relate this flavor and say decided to paint it. We're gonna be using my brush number one or the normal brush number ten or 11 that you have worn. Buoyancy and permanent green, cadmium yellow, blue, yellow, blue, crimson, who? And I, Bryn Mawr, Those are the things that we're going to use. So I've studied with wet and dry. You're seeing a very light pigment, cadmium yellow, Who? I'm using this galore to keep, the worm dawns on our painting. Before you do this, you have to really decide which part you will have to keep it loose and part to be detailed on our Lewis painting. So I've decided to have the loose painting part on the left side and more detailed on the right side. Some leaving some whites. And now I'm using permanent green color mixed up when born Amber. Some leaving some wise in the middle of our lives. And I'm adding born amber to mix up with permanent green to have that darker shade. So as you can see, I have enough of water. Some just adding the water everywhere and the watercolor Baines and just letting it flow on its own. Lose water color painting is a little bit of challenging, but you feel like you need to practice it. Another piece of paper. But go ahead and you can always go back in our glass. Now, I'm using again permanent green mixed up in porn for our leaves. And enough pigment paint our leaves. So the left side will be Deleuze, but this painting K, So now we're going to add more pigment. So darker pigment of permanent green, unborn Amber. Now the color, well the thin column will make sulphide are first color, which was the cadmium yellow. So as you can see, I'm not following the sketch of our leaves on the left side. I'm just letting it loose and actually letting it get out from a sketch to have that loose effect and even helping in spreading it. Okay, so now I've added a little bit of petroleum blue mix up with permanent green and a little bit on foreign number to add some details on our leaves. Okay, so now I'm using foreign cnf and I'm trying to leave some white. This is when on dry. And it's a sequencing there really enough water. So Scarlet print as well mix up with are born CNN. So as I want to leave the watercolor, painting leads. I'm just letting the watercolor loose and play on its own. Now I brought IT permanent queen again in darker Dawn and porn umber mixed up with cut a little blue, ongoing all over again. And as I've said, Deleuze spots will be on the left. Now by the more detailed you seeing are born CNN. So as you can see, it gets a little bit messy, but that's fine. Just don't let it drive. It can always go back as long as the paint is wet and clean it with a tissue paper? Really lightly. Okay. So, you know this I've got something on my fingers, so I really had to pay attention and know more. You can always go back and I'm cleaning it up with a clean tissue paper. Here, I'm adding a little blue edge. Bird of Paradise flour. I'm this little bit mix with Scarlett cred and foreign CNN and weather patterns. I'm also going to spread it on leaves. So the leaves on the right and lose leaves on the left, k. So I'm just adding more pigments. I'm mixing the water color wheel and adding more pigment. Now I have to clean these up before it dries up. So you see, you can always clean up if you want to as long as there's enough Booker. Now, I'm taking adult day service to let the watercolor been flown on its own to have that mostly fake on the left side and a little bit on the right side. Now, I went back to patella blue and permanent green and bond Sienna, I'm inborn Amber. And I'm just lifting the watercolor free and flow in its own. Clean the brush and went back to Scarlet bread because I want to have it with darker colors. So now I went back the Scarlett Credit and now I'm adding more details and the tip of our flower. So I'm paying my attention on the tip and opinion up just a little bit. Before continuing. So now I am keeping it loose and doing some lifting as well to help it. And now I went back to Scarlet read again and just this part, I want to keep it loose so I'm helping it out using lifting and spreading the color. So I want to add more pigment and darker values. So I'm going to mix the border color well. And then here I went back to porn sienna and a little bit on board. And I'm really paying attention with a tip on R. But a paradise. This, but I want to keep it loose so I'm doing some lifting and spreading up canals. So now I went back again to plateau yellow, blue. And I'm really mixing our watercolour paint well to get that darker pigment. And I'm using less water, I smell Kayser. I'm going to spread our patella blue on the leaves in darker pigment to give more highlights and detail. So here from year, just observe and follow and just keeping going. I think you are doing it well and I really hope that you are enjoying this as much as I do. Don't be stressed with watercolor lose technique. It takes a lot of practice, but I said practice makes better. So you have to practice as much as possible. And you can always go back to this project. Case. I'm just printing and just letting the water color blow on its own and we're almost finished. So thank you so much for watching wriggly bit dry. And then I've decided to add more details. So I'm going to add just more scarlet red. So eventually I'm just going back all over again, but now bit darker pigment, more pigment, so you have to have more color on your brush with less water. And so to do this, you have to mix it really well. You have to mix the watercolor paints everywhere. So how I'm using bore number and I were in law to give more highlights. So we're almost done. So thank you so much for watching and I'll see you in the next class.